North Notes

Blue Valley North's Parent Newsletter - April 1, 2022

In this Newsletter …

    • Kudos & Celebrations

    • Guide to 4th Quarter

    • Counseling Center

    • Senior Information

    • Prom 2022 & Link to Tickets

    • BVN Bell Schedules

    • Mark Your Calendar

    • The Mustang Club Spirit Wear

    • Parent Announcements

    • Student Announcements

    • Cheer Tryout Information

    • Dance Team Tryout

    • Medical Messages

    • Durham Bus Information

    Kudos and Celebrations!

    Robotics Regional Results (new)

    Our Blue Valley CAPS Robotics Metal Mustangs won the "Gracious Professionalism" award at the First Robotics Heartland Regional competition over Spring Break. Congratulations to the entire team and BVN members Logan Harder, Andrew Meierotto, Caleb Harder, Alex Meierotto, Hudson Walter, and Haru Nakagawa for their part in representing the district and BVN with their sportsmanship.

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    Volunteers of the Year (new)

    Audrey Patterson was awarded the Junior Volunteer of the Year at Advent Health Shawnee Mission. Aarjo Roy and Maggie Zhang were chosen as the two Outstanding Junior Volunteers of the Year. These students were chosen out of a total of 82 Junior volunteers. The awards were given based on the criteria of the number of hours volunteered, recommendations and reviews. Only three Junior volunteers were selected to be honored, the volunteer of the year and the two outstanding volunteers, and all three were Blue Valley North students. Bravo to these outstanding, giving students who are pictured above!

    Blue Valley North's Guide to Fourth Quarter 2022

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    Counseling, Academics & Testing (updated)

    Click Here For BVN's Counseling Webpage for information about:

    Questions? Contact Sarah King @ (913)239-3016 or .

    Senior Information for the Class of 2022

    Save the date for 2022 Graduation: Sunday, May 22, at 7 p.m. at the District Activity Center, 13310 Switzer, Overland Park, Kansas 66213. Rain date is Wednesday, May 25 at 6 p.m. There are no tickets required and there is no limit on seating.

    Senior Info page: Click HERE to access:

    • PROM Info! It will be April 9 from 8-10 p.m. at the Hilltop Conference Center. If you plan to invite a date from another school, you must complete a form--come see Mrs. Miller in Student Services for more info. Tickets go on sale at lunch next week.
    • A link to audition to give a Senior Speech at Class Day or Graduation
    • The schedule of Senior Final Exams
    • Scholarship info
    • Info about ordering your cap & gown--Seniors can check the list at Mrs. Miller's desk to confirm if they have/have not ordered yet.
    • A link to authorize the release of your student's transcript for college applications
    • Info about the Balfour shipping schedule
    • A downloadable image of Senior Events (shown below)

    We will update this info page as decisions are made in the new few months.

    Questions? Contact BVN Activities: Lisa Miller @ .


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    Blue Valley North Prom ~ Hilltop ~ April 9, 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.

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    Mark your calendars Mustangs, because Junior/Senior Prom is almost here. Prom will be held on April 9th, 2022 at Hilltop from 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm. The theme is "A Night in the Enchanted Forest." Tickets will be sold the week of the dance in the commons during lunch for $35 each. Food (mini donuts) and drinks will be provided. REMINDER: Prom is only for upperclassmen, however, underclassmen may be invited as a date by an upperclassman. If a date is from another school, they will need to fill out paperwork from Student Services. All students will need a form of ID (driver's license or student ID). We can't wait to see you on this magical night!

    Here is a ticket link to purchase tickets (or scan the QR code below):

    BVN Bell Schedules ~ North Time will return on Fridays

    When there are five days in the school week, the Bell Schedule will be Odd, Even, Odd, Even, Traditional Day. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday, school begins at 7:40 a.m. On Tuesday and Thursday, school begins at 8:25 a.m. (see below). If you want a copy for home, ask your student to stop by the BVN main office.

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    Mark Your Calendar for Blue Valley North's April and May 2022

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    Upcoming All School Events

    All BVN events, activities, sporting events and additional calendar adjustments are found on the EKL calendar: .

    The Mustang Club Spring Sports Spirit Wear -- Shop Now!

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    Parent Announcements

    Science State Assessments

    Kansas state testing has finished for Sophomores and Juniors will test next week! On April 4-5, all 11th grade students will take Science Assessments. Kansas State Assessments measure student mastery of state standards in each subject. Students will take the assessments during their assigned Science class hour. We would greatly appreciate if you could please avoid scheduling appointments or pulling your student out of class during these testing days if it is avoidable. Contact Dr. Lisa Stolper, Assistant Principal of Curriculum & Instruction, if you have testing questions.

    Fostering A Safe School Environment

    Blue Valley Schools is committed to promoting and fostering a safe environment in and around all of our schools. Through the convergence of physical and intellectual security measures, we are continuously working to prevent, mitigate, respond to and recover from a wide range of emergencies. Please check out available ways to report safety concerns.

    Are you moving? Have you moved?

    Please contact the BVN Registrar, Suzy Doherty, by email at .

    Student Announcements

    2022-2023 Dance Team Information Meeting

    Any dancer interested in auditioning for next year's dance team should fill out the Google Form at the link below. This is how we will collect emails to distribute information about important dates and more. If there are any questions about tryouts, please contact Coach Thompson at Can't wait to see you there!

    BOYS STATE 2022 JUNE 5-11! “Boys State is a practical opportunity to learn leadership skills through role play civic exercise.” Applications are available for high school sophomores and juniors to attend Boys State 2022. You can find more information at Boys State will take place on the Kansas State University campus. If cost is an issue, please contact the KS Boys State Main Office (see FAQs). Questions? Contact Catie Bosch, .

    GIRLS STATE 2022 JUNE 12-17! “Sunflower Girls State is a non-partisan program that teaches young women citizenship and leadership. High School students, having completed their junior year, spend an intensive week of studying, working together as self-governing citizens. They learn how to participate in the functioning of their city, county, and state government in preparation for their future roles as responsible citizens.” You can find more information at Girls State will take place on the University of Kansas campus. Sponsorships may be available at your local American Legion Auxiliary Unit. Questions? Contact Catie Bosch, .

    Medical Messages (updates)

    Attention 10th Grade Parents (new)

    Dear 10th Grade Parents,

    Immunization requirements for school entry in the State of Kansas require 11th grade students over 16 years old to have their 2nd dose of the Meningococcal Vaccine (Serogroup A, C, W, and Y); first does should have been given in 7th grade.

    If your student needs a dose of the MCV4 vaccine, I will send you a letter in the mail with more information. Letters go out on April 15 for students who have not had a dose of Meningococcal and May 1 for students who need their second dose. Of course, you are welcome to call me with any questions at any time.

    Amanda Collichio, BSN, RN


    School Nurse Information and Clinic Hours

    The Nurse's office is open M – F: 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. It closes for lunch 10:00 - 10:30 a.m. except in the case of an emergency. Nurse Amanda Collichio is available to assist students with their health needs, first-aid and medical conditions. For help, contact Nurse Amanda at (913) 239-3013 or .

    Prescription Meds at BVN

    This is reminder to parents: All prescription medications must be accompanied by this written authorization from a physician or other person licensed to prescribe medications, for the administration of that medication at school. All prescription medications to be administered at school must be in their original containers with the label intact. Students shouldn’t be self-carrying unlabeled prescription medications or any prescription medications. Questions? Email Nurse Amanda Collichio at

    MAWD Drive-In Testing Clinic Info

    Testing/Drop off location: MAWD labs 14950 Newton Drive Overland Park, KS (Northwest of CAPS on the Blue Valley District Office Campus).

    Hours of Operation

    Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Sunday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

    New! Online Scheduling and Registration for MAWD Drive-In Testing Clinic

    The MAWD Drive-In Testing Clinic now can accept online appointments and registrations.

    • Step 1: Book an appointment online ( )(up to 6 people per appointment/car)
    • Step 2: If you have not done so already, create an online account ( for parent/guardian. Please note that to login into the account in the future, username is the parent/guardian email address.
    • Complete a form for the child needing COVID-19 testing and submit. Create forms for additional household members by clicking “Add Individual.”
    • Receive a QR code via email for each family member needing testing. Keep this code as it will need to be shown upon arrival for each appointment.
    • Call (913) 239-4371 and leave a message if you have questions. Calls will be returned in the order received.
    • A parent/guardian will need to complete a consent form and must be with the student at the Drive-In Clinic to give verbal permission at the time of testing.
    • Tests: Nasal self-swab and saliva PCR tests are both offered at the clinic. Individuals will need to refrain from eating or drinking 30 minutes prior to the saliva test.
    • Test results are sent to the provided email/text address and to Blue Valley Health Services generally within 12-16 hours. They are not sent to building nurses.

    Students and families who wish to access PCR testing, may use the MAWD COVID-19 Drive-In Testing Clinic or any other community COVID-19 testing* location.

    • BV MAWD Hours for April's Professional Development Days: *** BY APPOINTMENT ONLY or to drop off already completed test kits

    • Sunday, April 17 - Clinic Closed
    • Monday, April 18 - Clinic Closed
    • Tuesday, April 19 - Clinic Open 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
    • Wednesday, April 20 - Regular hours resume
    • BV MAWD Hours for Last Day of School: *** BY APPOINTMENT ONLY or to drop off already completed test kits
    • Thursday, May 26 - Clinic Open 8:00 am - 3:30 pm

    BV MAWD Regular Hours: *** BY APPOINTMENT ONLY or to drop-off already completed test kits

    • Monday-Thursday: 8am-6pm
    • Friday: 8am-3:30pm
    • Sunday: 10am-2pm
      • MAWD Drive-In Testing Clinic will be closed whenever school is canceled for inclement weather.
      • MAWD Drive-In Testing Clinic will operate on regular hours if there is an emergency closing for other reasons, such as high staff absences or transportation absences.

    BV MAWD Courier Pickup Times:

    • Monday-Thursday @ 11:30am and 5:45pm
    • Friday @ 11am and 4:15pm
    • Sunday @ 2:15pm

    Normal dropoff hours at the MAWD Labs Headquarters: 11070 Strang Line Rd, Lenexa, KS 66215

    • Monday - Friday: 8am-9pm
    • Saturday/Sunday & Holiday Hours: 8am-3:30pm
    • Inclement Weather Schedule
      • The MAWD Drive-In Testing Clinic will be closed whenever school is cancelled for inclement weather.
      • MAWD Drive-In Testing Clinic will operate on regular hours if there is an emergency closing for other reasons, such as high staff or transportation absences.

    Additional information about MAWD’s Drive-In Testing Clinic is available on the district website. General COVID-19 resources from Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, community testing locations and vaccine information from Children’s Mercy can be found on the district website.

    COVID-19 Resources

    Blue Valley families can find a variety of COVID-19 resources on the district website including general COVID-19 information, community testing locations and vaccine information from Children’s Mercy.

    Durham Bus Riders

    Durham will continue to transport our bus riders in the 2021-22 school year. If you have questions, please call Durham at 913-681-2492. The best time to call is between 9:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. when more staff are available to answer questions.

    Durham Bus Services has three helpful tools for families with bus riders. Registration is required each year for families as bus routes and participants change:

    1. Bus Tracker: The Blue Valley Durham location will be using the Bus Tracker mobile app that is available for iOS and Android devices. To use the app, users will create an account that is tied to an email address of the user’s choice. The tool will allow account users to follow the route of a specific bus. Durham is updating daily when a scheduled backup bus is being used for a planned maintenance activity. If a bus is replaced with a quick turnaround due to an unforeseen event, Durham dispatch will make the switch on Bus Tracker at their next opportunity to update the app.
    2. Text Messaging: Families are still encouraged to sign up for Durham Text Messaging. The system is designed to share the “why” as Bus Tracker is designed to tell the “where”. To sign up for Durham Text Messaging visit
    3. E-Link: Allows for verification of a student’s transportation information (i.e., stop location, bus # and pick-up and drop off times) based on the input of grade and home address. To access E-Link, go to

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